What is the ideal temperature for exterior painting?

If you’re wondering what the perfect temperature for exterior painting is, you’ve come to the right place. Many people don’t take temperature into consideration before they paint. Temperature can determine the success or failure of your paint job. Excessively cool temperatures can result in paint that doesn’t bind completely, creating a messy job and leading to peeling or cracking down the road.

On the other hand, temperatures that are too hot will cause paint to dry prematurely. This prevents paint from adhering to a surface properly leading to a patchy, less than perfect job.

It’s wise to avoid painting in extreme temperatures. The optimal temperature for exterior painting always depends on the type of paint you’re using. If you’re using oil-based paints, our painting professionals recommend painting when the external temperature is sitting between 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit. If you’re planning on using latex-based paint, however, you should paint when the temperature is sitting between 40-70 degrees. Painting in weather any warmer than that will result in a poor application.

Regardless of what type of paint you’re using, it’s wise to plan your exterior painting job strategically. For best results, plan your route around the house so that you’ll never have to paint in direct sunlight. Remember that the temperature of the walls and siding in direct sunlight will be higher than the outdoor air temperature. Plan your painting for areas that are in the shade or indirect light

If you have unanswered¬†questions about your exterior paint job, contact us. We’re happy to recommend and provide you necessary supplies and information. We can send a paint crew out to take care of everything for you. Simply give us some details about your upcoming paint job and we’ll give you an accurate quote to get you started.

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